Sleep & Health
Why my dreams can predict what’s to come?
Why this scenario is so familiar? Have I seen her before? Have I been here before? Why did he react the same as my dream?...
Have you ever had a dream that felt so real, woke up convinced it was a premonition of the future? Or maybe you’ve heard stories of people who claim to have dreamed of events before they happened. It’s a fascinating concept, but can dreams really foretell the future? Let's explore this topic with a touch of wit and humor.
- Your deepest desire and fear
- Rationalization of the psychological effect
Let’s start by stating the obvious: dreams are wired. They are a jumble of memories, emotions, and random thoughts that our brains create while we are asleep. Therefore, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment if you anticipate your dreams to be precise predictions of the future. However, there are instances where dreams appear to predict future events. For instance, Abraham Lincoln dreamed that a president was assassinated, even though he clarified later that the president in his dream was not him, while this dream happened a few days before April 14, 1985.
Your deepest desire and fear
Why do these dreams happen in the first place? According to some experts, it all comes down to our deepest desires and fears. When we’re fixated on something or someone, our subconscious mind may create a dream that reflects those feelings. And if that dream happens to align with reality, it can feel like a premonition. The id, or “the real you”, is part of your subconscious that houses your deepest desires and impulses. It’s the part of you that wants to eat an entire pizza by yourself or skip work to go to the beach. The superego, on the other hand, is the part of your subconscious that houses your moral compass. It's the part of you that tells you to do the right thing, even when it's not the easy thing.
When you're awake, your conscious mind is like a bouncer at a club, keeping the id and the superego in check. But when you fall asleep, the bouncer takes a nap and the id and the superego slip past him and into your dreams. That's why your dreams can be so wild and unpredictable. Your subconscious mind is free to explore all of your deepest desires and fears without any interference from your conscious mind. But here's the really interesting part: your subconscious mind doesn't just run wild in your dreams. It can also influence your waking thoughts and actions. That's why sometimes you'll wake up with a solution to a problem that's been plaguing you for days, or why you'll suddenly feel inspired to pursue a new hobby or career path.
Rationalization of the psychological effect
Our minds are essentially programmed to make connections between objects even when none exist. Apophenia is a condition that can cause us to infer some ludicrous things. For example, just because you had a dream about a plane disaster doesn’t mean you foresaw it. Just a coincidence, perhaps. But suppose an aircraft crashed the following day. Does this imply that your dream was foreshadowing? No, not always. The likelihood of an aircraft disaster occurring soon after your dream is actually quite high because there are so many crashes each year. It is only elementary statistics.
Of course, there will always be some who insist on having prophetic dreams. They’ll tell you about the time they had a dream in which they met their soul match or won the jackpot, and how it actually transpired. But once more, we must take into account the impact of coincidence. Sometimes circumstances just come together in a strange way. Should we then discard all dreams as meaningless? In no way! Dreams may be highly enlightening and aid in the processing of our feelings and life events. They might not be quite as foretelling as we’d like to believe.
In conclusion, while it's tempting to believe in the power of premonitions, we should approach them with a healthy dose of skepticism. Our brains are wired to find patterns where there may not be any, so let's not jump to conclusions. Instead, let's enjoy our dreams for what they are - a fascinating glimpse into our subconscious minds.